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Changing the ScoreArias, Prima Donnas, and the Authority of Performance$
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Hilary Poriss

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195386714

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386714.001.0001

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Selecting a “Perfect” Entrance: Carolina Ungher and Marino Faliero

Selecting a “Perfect” Entrance: Carolina Ungher and Marino Faliero

(p.37) Chapter 2 Selecting a “Perfect” Entrance: Carolina Ungher and Marino Faliero
Changing the Score

Hilary Poriss

Oxford University Press

One of the most crucial factors that separate the iconic diva from all other opera singers is the capability of one to make a striking and extraordinary entrance. Despite how hard most actresses and opera singers work in developing this skill, only a select few are able to master it. A grand entrance plays no small part, not only in the production but also in the composition of Italian opera, as prima donnas and leading men were provided with a cavatina or an entrance aria. The dual function of this entrance aria involved introducing the characters of the opera and providing the singers with a solo opportunity to show themselves and their talent off. This chapter provides a discussion regarding the significance of entrance arias and the possible effects of omitting the cavatina.

Keywords:   entrance, entrance aria, cavatina, dual function, talent showcase, character introduction

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